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29Jun2017

Transformational or not; you should do it, tidying that is

  • By Ian Bradley
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The Life Changing Magic of Tidying-Up by Marie Kondo I am not sure that I agree with the author when she says that “tidying can be a life-transformational experience,” but I have seen enough business executives in my practice to know that clutter creates subtle problems. Visual clutter in the home or office creates “background” to-do
22Jun2017

The Longest Word

  • By Ian Bradley
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I thought that my childhood was relatively normal as a semi-serious student with interests in a variety of school sports with an appropriate dose of ‘leisure” activities that my parents thought worrisome such as spending far too many hours in pool halls.   Perhaps it was a Toronto-thing but I also remember a rather strange competition
24Sep2016

McGill Sports Talk

  • By Ian Bradley
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Please find below the download link for the CBT lecture examining common psychological factors in sports, working and clinical practice.   sports_mcgill
03Feb2016

Medical Leaves and Mustard Plasters (con’t)

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In my previous post, I made the point that although the family physician provides the official “time-off-work-for stress” letter, the principal decision-maker is the patient. I argued that most workers under stress debate the pro’s and con’s of setting the medical leave in motion very much like we all did as children when awakening with
14Dec2015

Medical Leaves and Muster Plasters

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It’s 7 am on a rainy February day in the middle of week when I’m 10 years old and just waking up with a detectable, and if amplified, quite apparent scratchy throat.   As a university professor with a private practice in workplace psychology, that specific day is very much in the past. However, I
25Nov2015

The Angst of Graduate School Applications

  • By Ian Bradley
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In my undergraduate McGill class of very bright psychology majors, we were pleasantly diverted from the regular cognitive behavior therapy topic of the day to talk about undergraduate education in Psychology. My own career experience rests much more with internship training of doctoral-level students in clinical psychology, however I was eager to hear what the
22Nov2015

College Rankings

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The Economist magazine has a great calculator to estimate the added economic value of attending a particular university.  By developing a regression equation that uses a range of student, college and geographical data to predict the subsequent earnings of each graduate, one can easily search the table to find whether a particular institution is above or
18Nov2015

Personality, Big Data and Marketing

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Can the mining of big date effectively tailor political or advertising communication to match basic personality dimensions in a target audience.   In other words, if you’re a voter, who is extraverted and therefore someone who values assertiveness and positive emotions, can the product or political message be tailored to your own personality. A pioneering company
22Sep2014

Beware of psychological advice

  • By Ian Bradley
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  There’s an old joke applied to many disciplines, certainly to my field of psychology: Why does the university routinely amputate the right hand of each newly graduated doctoral student? -Because then the newly minted psychologist will never be able to say: “on the one hand and on the other…” I was reminded of some
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